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Teen dies in rappelling accident

A Dawsonville teen died Sunday while rappelling with friends in western North Carolina.

February 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man pleads guilty in child porn case

A Dawson County man will spend the next eight years in prison for possessing child pornography.

February 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Krystal opens tomorrow

Patty and Albert Mulligan plan to wake up early Thursday morning.

February 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Program helps clear roadsides in county

A new program designed to give community service workers a way to complete court-mandated service hours is clearing roadsides throughout the county.

February 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


United Way reaches goal

Volunteers were breathing a sigh of relief Friday afternoon as they calculated the final contributions to United Way for Dawson County's 2010 fundraising campaign.

February 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Youth sports recognize volunteer coaches

When Dawson County Park and Rec sought nominations for a volunteer coach of the year, the criteria was simple.

February 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | Parks & Recreation


Free Valentine wedding ceremonies available

While chocolates and roses are expected on Valentine's Day, unique and unforgettable sweetheart gifts are popular this year.

February 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commission approves historical designation

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to establish a new zoning designation that could deem certain locations in the county as "historic."

January 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


United Way nears fundraising goal

United Way for Dawson County is closing in on its 2010 fundraising goal, but still needs community support over the next few days to reach $100,000.

January 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


1 charged in illegal dumping

A Woodstock man could face additional charges after his arrest on suspicion of dumping more than three dozen barrels of hazardous waste in a local wildlife management area.

January 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Art teacher on mend after shooting

A local art teacher continues to recover after he was reportedly shot by his wife earlier this month at their Lumpkin County home.

January 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Art teacher on mend after shooting

A local art teacher is recovering after he was reportedly shot by his wife Sunday night at their Lumpkin County home.

January 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jaycees begin 2011 with prominent guest speaker

The Dawson County Jaycees will kickoff the new year Friday at noon when the group welcomes Gene Bishop as its guest speaker.

January 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Suspect charged in burglary spree

A Wednesday-only burglary spree authorities say dates back to 2008 ended Jan. 6 with the arrest of a Forsyth County man who was caught taking $7 from a local medical practice.

January 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Senator tapped for top post

While last week's arctic blast cut into the state's legislative activities, the new District 51 state senator said to expect great things to happen when the Senate reconvenes Jan. 24.

January 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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The spirit of campmeeting

Mardie Townley remembers the Thursday night of Lumpkin Campmeeting eight years ago like it was yesterday.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LIFE


DNR ranger up for national boating officer award

Come fall, Cpl. Jason Roberson, a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement ranger from Dawsonville, could be the nation's top boating officer.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Georgia racing legend to serve as festival grand marshal

A Georgia racing legend has been selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


High speed chase ends in arrest

A Dahlonega man is in custody following a high speed chase on Ga. 400 overnight Saturday.

Jerry Dakhota McCranie, 29, was being pulled over during ...

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family of road rage victim recognized

The parents of a young mother killed in a violent road rage tragedy were recognized last week for their efforts to bring awareness to aggressive ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Speaker David Ralston proposes Pastor’s Protection Act

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal that would protect clergy from being required to perform marriage ceremonies that conflict with their religious beliefs.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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